(1.4) Availability and Cost of OS/2 Warp

Where can I buy OS/2 Warp, and how much does it cost?

In the United States IBM OS/2 Warp Version 3 is available directly from IBM by calling 800-3-IBM-OS2. Call for the latest information on pricing -- promotional pricing may be in effect. Both diskette (3.5 inch media) and CD-ROM versions are available. The CD-ROM version contains diskette images (so you can create a set of installation diskettes from the CD-ROM) as well as extra multimedia and Kodak Photo CD files. Express shipping is provided with all orders placed through this toll free number.

IBM part numbers are as follows:

Part No.
OS/2 Warp Version 3 (3.5)
OS/2 Warp Version 3 (CD)
OS/2 Warp Version 3 (ALC)
OS/2 Warp with Win-OS/2 (3.5)
OS/2 Warp with Win-OS/2 (CD)
OS/2 Warp with Win-OS/2 (ALC)
OS/2 Warp with Win-OS/2 Upgrade (3.5)
OS/2 Warp with Win-OS/2 Upgrade (CD)
OS/2 Warp with Win-OS/2 Upgrade (ALC)

Upgrade packages are designed to upgrade OS/2 2.1 or 2.11. "ALC" means Additional License Certificate, in other words simply a license card (without manuals or media) representing the right to use OS/2 Warp on an additional PC.

OS/2 Warp is now available from almost any software dealer (including Corporate Software, Egghead, Software Etc., and many others). Software dealer pricing is lower than that available directly from IBM -- often $10 or $20 lower.

OS/2 Warp costs about the same as Microsoft Windows for DOS and roughly one fifth to one third as much as the base (not to mention server) versions of Windows NT, NeXTStep, Solaris, and UnixWare.

In Canada phone 800-465-1234 to order. In the U.K. phone the OS/2 Solution Centre at 0285-655888 or IBM at 0256-841818 or 0800-919-929. In all countries, any IBM software dealer or office can fulfill your OS/2 Warp order. Pricing varies from country to country.

IBM is trying to make OS/2 Warp available everywhere DOS is purchased. If your dealer does not stock OS/2 Warp, take your business elsewhere (and explain why). IBM bundles OS/2 Warp with most new PCs, and several other vendors, including AST, Compaq, Everex, Northgate, ALR, Unisys, Dell, Ariel Design, Vobis, Escom, Toshiba, Osbourne, and Tangent, will either preload OS/2 Warp automatically or by request.

IBM offers two money back guarantees in the U.S.: a 30-day, no questions asked, money back guarantee, and a 90-day compatibility guarantee [see (2.1) Hardware Requirements].

If you intend to purchase many copies (usually over 100) of any IBM software product (including OS/2 Warp), be sure to ask your software dealer or IBM representative about VALU agreements. Using VALU, you can save significant amounts of money on your software purchases and benefit from special promotions.

In many countries outside the United States, a fully functioning 45-day trial version of OS/2 Warp on CD-ROM is available through PC oriented magazines, computer shows, dealers, and other outlets.

Related information:

(0.4) Special Report on OS/2 Warp
(1.2) Differences Between Versions
(2.1) Hardware Requirements
(3.8) Networking Products

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